Most individuals these days are experimenting on their own with items they used to pay for. When it comes to electronics and technology, people are apprehensive. You don’t need a degree to fix and connect wires on your own. Similarly, connecting less connections by yourself isn’t all that difficult. In this article, we’ll look into how to connect an optical fibre connection to a router.
What Is An Optic Fiber Cable?
An optic fiber cable also known as Fiber optic cable is similar to that of an electrical cable that transmits data through pulses of light through flexible and pure fibers of glass and plastic. This has become a go to option for Ethernet networking and telecommunication application due its faster and quicker speed of transmitting data to longer distances.
An optical fiber cable is of two type;
Multimode Fiber Cable
Multimode fiber cable can carry multiple rays of light at the same time with varying optical properties at the core. In simpler terms, multimode cable has a large diameter which allows multiple modes of light to pass through, allowing more types of data to be transmitted. Multi mode cable travels at a speed of 100Mbit/s, transmitting at a distance of 2 km.
Single Mode Fiber Cable
A single mode fiber cable as the name itself implies, is an optical fiber designed to carry single modes of light to pass through it. This fiber enables one type of light mode to pass through and propagate at a time. The number of light reflections created as the light passes through the core decreases, lowering the attenuation creating the ability for the signal to travel further.
How to Connect an Optic Fiber to a Router
You can connect your optic fiber cable to router in two different ways;
- Connecting the optical fibre line directly to the Fiber router’s port. However, before you connect the cable, be very cautious not to touch or rub the tip of the cable, since this can interrupt the transmission. Handle with caution while plugging in and unplugging the fibre optic line. To remove the optic fibre cable from the port, softly push both outer ends of the cable and slowly pull the cable out of the port. If the cable is broken during this operation, the only alternative is to replace it.
- Connecting the fibre line to a modem and the modem to the router. In cases where the router doesn’t have a fiber line port, follow the steps given below to complete the connection.
Step 1 – Ensure you have all the necessary hardware you need for connecting the router.
Step 2 – Search behind your modem for a SFP port which will be the port that connects the optic fiber cable. Remove the cap from the SFP port on the modem
Step 3 – Carefully remove the cap from the end of the optic fiber cable, ensuring that you do not touch or rub the end of the cable. As touching or bringing the cable to any type of physical contact would result in replacing the entire cable with a new one.
Step 4 – Insert the power cable onto the modem and plug one end of the RED ended Ethernet cable into the GE port on the back of the modem. Plug the other end of the RED ended Ethernet cable into the RED WAN port on the back of the router.
Step 5 – Insert the power cable of the router. Keep in mind not to bend any of the cables for it will disrupt the smooth transmission and ultimately will not work.
Step 6 – Finally plug the power cable into a wall socket and ensure that everything is turned on.
As the connection is now complete, there are certains things you need to keep in mind while using or working with an optic fiber cable
Guidelines To Look Into While Using An Optic Fiber Cable
- Do not directly pull on the fiber cable. These cables are made up of a kevlar armed yarn or a fiberglass rod protecting the cable.
- Never exceed the bending radius of the cable. When pushed straight, fibres can be stronger than steel, yet they break readily when bent too tightly. This would either instantly damage the fibre or, in the long term, result in its removal and disposal.
- Always roll the cable off the spool instead of spinning it off the spool. Spinning the cable of the spool would lead to twists in cable from every turn. This would disrupt the fiber cable as it shouldn’t and never be twisted.
- Use the figure 8 technique of rolling up the fiber cables to protect the cables for the long run.
Pros And Cons Of Using Optic Fiber Cable
- Quality Connection
- Long Term Cost Effectiveness
- Physical damage
- Fiber Fuse
- Short Term Cost Effectiveness
- Unidirectional Light Propagation
To conclude, managing cables, wire, and other electronic things might be challenging at first. Anyone, with the right information, insight, and supervision, can perform a good job. We hope that this post provided you with a clear image of how to connect an optic fibre cable to a router while keeping in mind the rules and pros and drawbacks of utilising an optic fibre cable. Please share your router connection experience in the comments area.